TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 18, 2015

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Pantheon People Rankings - MIT Media Lab

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7 to 12
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Explore and discover the most influential people in history using Pantheon People Rankings. Prepare to be immersed in the many different features of this site. Search by period, country,...more
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Explore and discover the most influential people in history using Pantheon People Rankings. Prepare to be immersed in the many different features of this site. Search by period, country, or domain to view rankings of the most influential people in that category. Set search parameters using drop down boxes to the left of the chart. Hover over colored result boxes to view specific information for each result. Click on any individual name to get a short Wikipedia overview and ranking information.

tag(s): cultures (131), explorers (66), politics (113), scientists (63), sociology (22), sports (81)

In the Classroom

Bookmark this site for use throughout the year when looking for ideas for research projects, biographies, and more. Have students create a list of whom they think is most influential and compare their lists to the actual results. Use information to find the most influential people around the globe or throughout time. Have students modify their learning and create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here.

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The Global Flow of Refugees Interactive - University of Zurich

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7 to 12
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The Global Flow of Refugees offers an interactive look at refugee flows between countries during the past few years. It is based on raw data collected by the UN Refugee ...more
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The Global Flow of Refugees offers an interactive look at refugee flows between countries during the past few years. It is based on raw data collected by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. Be sure to read the "Before You Begin" section for using the map. Click any segment to narrow down information to individual countries showing the flow to or from that country. In addition to the interactive map, scroll down further on the page to view two static versions of the map and informational charts.

tag(s): continents (32), countries (73), cross cultural understanding (155), immigrants (33)

In the Classroom

Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to research and understand the flow of refugees throughout the world. Use this as an introduction to understanding complicated events in the Middle East and other volatile regions in the world. After viewing the interactive, have students study the regions for large migrations of refugees from one region to another. Have them share their findings with a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Have students use Little Memory, reviewed here, to create a diary entry as a refugee traveling to a new country.

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GeaCron - The GeaCron Project

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6 to 12
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Explore the changing boundaries of the world's countries through maps and timelines found on GeaCron. Type in any date to view the shape of the world at that time. Click ...more
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Explore the changing boundaries of the world's countries through maps and timelines found on GeaCron. Type in any date to view the shape of the world at that time. Click the timeline link to search for period or event. Move the bar on the timeline to move through different time periods or change the look of the timeline to include more or less information using the + or - icons.
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tag(s): continents (32), countries (73), maps (208), timelines (52)

In the Classroom

Use GeaCron's maps and timelines for an excellent visualization of changing borders of countries throughout time. Have students compare and contrast world borders during any different period. If your class discusses current events, this would be an excellent tool to use to track the history of certain issues. Allow students to explore on their own and create an infographic to share their findings using Snappa, reviewed here.

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Owlie's Skywarn Weather-Ready Educatioal Activity - National Weather Service

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K to 5
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Learn Science and Weather Safety with Owlie Skywarn, a site produced by the National Weather Service. Participate in a Weather Ready Activity for emergency preparedness and a family...more
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Learn Science and Weather Safety with Owlie Skywarn, a site produced by the National Weather Service. Participate in a Weather Ready Activity for emergency preparedness and a family emergency plan. Master the weather game to become a young meteorologist or make a copy of Flat Owlie (use the search bar to find this) to take with you in any weather! Be sure also to check out the sections for parents and teens with many resources for teaching and learning about weather. You may want to read The Adventures of Owlie Skywarn and Sanctuary Sam (PDF) found here. You may want to create a guided reading activity for this using Read Ahead, reviewed here.

tag(s): weather (165)

In the Classroom

Print and share Flat Owlies with your students to send on travels around the country and the world. Ask travelers to share pictures of Flat Owlie in different types of weather. Include activities from this site with your weather unit. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, substitute paper and pen by having students create weather blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Penzu, reviewed here. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using edublogs, reviewed here. Take daily pictures of the weather outside your classroom and create an annotated image including text boxes and related links. Use a tool such as Image Annotator, reviewed here, for younger students, or Google Drawings, reviewed here. Google Drawings allows you to annotate an image with links to videos, text, websites, and more. Not familiar with Google Drawings? Watch an archived OK2Ask session to learn how to use: OK2Ask Google Drawings, here.
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Five Myths - The Washington Post

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6 to 12
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Five Myths takes on everyday subjects and challenges widely held beliefs every time. For example, are panda bears really cuddly and gentle? Has technology really changed how we fight...more
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Five Myths takes on everyday subjects and challenges widely held beliefs every time. For example, are panda bears really cuddly and gentle? Has technology really changed how we fight wildfires? Each short article is written by a content expert and explores little-known facts to debunk commonly held beliefs.

tag(s): journalism (72), myths and legends (21)

In the Classroom

Share Five Myths on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an excellent starting point for lessons on the subjects included. Be sure to review comments on each section before sharing since they are unmoderated. After viewing the articles on this site, start a discussion about what students know about urban legends and Snopes. Have students research and find five myths for any topic, then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Snappa, reviewed here.

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Nat Banting Blog - AKA - Musing Mathematically - Nat Banting

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6 to 12
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Watch mathematics in action through videos of six seconds or less created using the Vine app. View the title along with the short videos demonstrating equations, patterns, factoring,...more
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Watch mathematics in action through videos of six seconds or less created using the Vine app. View the title along with the short videos demonstrating equations, patterns, factoring, and more. Some contain links to blog posts with additional ideas and information about the concept.

tag(s): equations (120), factors (29), geometric shapes (136), patterns (62), video (256)

In the Classroom

Share Vines as a quick visual for many concepts. Challenge students to create their own Vine. Have cooperative learning groups create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Share a link to any Vine on your class website or blog as a reminder of any concept.

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GoConqr - ExamTime Ltd

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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public...more
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GoConqr (formerly ExamTime) is a crowdsourcing site for uploading and sharing class notes, flashcards, quizzes, and more. Free membership offers you access to 3 subjects and 20 public resources. Sign up using your email account to begin using GoConqr's features. Be sure to watch the video tutorials for creating resources for your personal page. Use the search feature to find and access resources already designed and shared on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): classroom management (125), flash cards (41), homework (32), mind map (28), quizzes (89), social networking (65), test prep (67)

In the Classroom

Share GoConqr with students to build and use study skills. Although an individual can use the site on their own, it is best to use it as a sharing site for study information. Encourage students to sign up and build a network of friends for creating and sharing resources. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to share the tools and encourage their students to create groups and collaborate with their peers. Have students create review activities and swap them with peers. Use this tool with colleagues to co-create materials to use with content units or materials to use for flipping the classroom. Use this tool for professional development.

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